Today is the last day of 2012. I can’t believe this past year has gone by so fast!
Last year I talked about how for 2012 I was not going to set expectations like I had for 2011, which I called the Year of Adventure. Well, I held true to that.
I don’t believe in making new year resolutions. Instead, I reassess things throughout the year and try to make changes as I identify areas I’d like to improve upon. After finally having an absolutely wonderful year, in spite of some bumps in the road (life would be boring if there weren’t some ups and downs, no?), I felt ready to let go of expectations and just see what the Universe had in store for me. What was the result?
2012 blew me away!
It has been such an amazing year. Most of my life I’ve always looked forward to the new year. Mostly because the fading year had been so rough, or I had gone through so much that I just needed something to give me the illusion of working with a clean slate.
This is the 2nd year in a row that I’ve been able to look forward to a new year not because I needed a fresh beginning but because I was simply excited to see what was coming.
While I’m not going to set expectations for 2013, I do have some goals I’d like to accomplish.
- I’m concentrating more on my blogs and being a professional blogger. I’ve always been one of those who considering blogging to be more of a hobby and writing more as a profession. Then a friend wrote a great article about travel prejudice, and he addressed this same concept. A travel blogger has to be a writer, editor, photographer, videographer, journalist, researcher, sometimes programmer, travel agent, etc. We do a LOT more than simply write a brief post. Well, many of us at least. It really made an impact on me, and now instead of saying I’m a writer and photographer, I proudly answer I’m a blogger.
- Ever since reading about Chiang Mai and learning of the Yi Peng lantern festival, I’ve wanted to experience it. Our travels have now brought us to that part of the world (we’re going to Thailand at the end of January), and I have decided that in November 2013, we WILL be there for the festival. That’s my one big “must experience” for 2013.
- We will most likely visit our 6th continent.
- We’ve really missed the lights and energy of the holiday season, so in late 2013 we’re going to spend time visiting different European holiday markets. It will be a big temperature change from Asia’s version of winter, but it should be worth it.
One of the biggest gifts that I received from our life in 2012 was a conversation I had with my son while we were walking around the oasis. Tigger told me his big dream is being able to fly. He asked me what mine was.
It stumped me.
Didn’t I have any big dreams? Sure, I’d love to go scuba diving in the Galapagos. Antarctica is really big on my list (thinking maybe 2014). But what was my “BIG” dream? It was a surprisingly tricky question for me.
Finally, I said: “My life is so awesome already, I can’t say I have any big dream. Except for it to continue like this.”
And that’s how I honestly feel.
It isn’t that I don’t have dreams and wishes, but I’m so used to living in the now and relishing every moment I have that . . . well, I just want to continue savoring the moment.
May 2013 be your best year yet, and may your dreams become your reality.
With love, from Tigger and me.